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Posted on March 4 at 10:04 p.m.


"anonymity in the Independent? i thought that's what the NewsPress was for"


"i don't think there's any point in calling out the 3 who couldn't afford a lawyer by name"

are directly contradictory. Do try to make up your mind what it is that upsets you, anonymity or calling people out. Apparently you have quite a double standard -- NAMING people who are too poor to afford a lawyer is bad, and so is NOT NAMING people who aren't that poor (which for you apparently implies "have $$", even though we have no idea how much money these students have).

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Posted on March 4 at 9:56 p.m.

"i knew $$ could buy you a lot in this town including a great defense lawyer...but anonymity in the Independent?"

This notion that a bunch of rich white kids were being protected by the DA was silly enough before their identities were revealed, but now that we know who they really are and that three are so impoverished that they can't even afford lawyers, it's all the more ludicrous.

"i don't think there's any point in calling out the 3 who couldn't afford a lawyer by name."

Then perhaps you should start up a newspaper or a blog and write the articles yourself. The fact is that the others took no action -- as the article stated, they didn't enter pleas -- so there's nothing to report about them and no basis for mentioning their names, whereas the request by some of the defendants for public defenders is new information about them and it would be silly to report it by naming the seven who *didn't* make the request.

"i'm curious about the inequalities i see"

Could you possibly be more disingenuous? You are *asserting* inequalities and accusing the Independent of bias on the basis of nothing at all.

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Posted on December 29 at 11 p.m.

Mr. Close's "conclusion" is a free-floating opinion that certainly is not deducible from or evidenced by his previous statements. In any case, regardless of any inconsistencies between NYT opinion pieces and BBC articles -- neither of which is a peer-reviewed scientific journal -- the great preponderance of scientific evidence, of numerous sorts and from numerous sources, indicates the existence of anthropogenic global warming, which is why, as noted at, "no remaining scientific body of national or international standing is known to reject the basic findings of human influence on recent climate".

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Posted on December 19 at 11:48 p.m.

Comments bashing those who opposed Prop 8, a large and diverse group, mostly of excellent citizens, and dismissing this crime motivated by bigotry as harmless, are the sort of unpleasantness we've come to expect from that particular source.

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Posted on December 18 at 1:30 p.m.

I suppose it's not surprising that some folks are taking this as an opportunity to air their personal ideological agendas and animosity toward "no on 8 protesters", "the gay community", and "many of the no on 8 campaign", but it's entirely inappropriate as commentary on this hate crime directed at two of the finest members of the Santa Barbara community and their beautiful family.

Best wishes to Doug, Andrew,

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Posted on December 10 at 12:19 p.m.

What we see playing out here seems to be the views that George Lakoff labels "strict father" (associated with conservatives) vs. "nurturing parent" (associated with liberals). I'll go with the latter -- high self esteem all around makes for a healthy society, and people with high self esteem can handle criticism and are willing to be critical of themselves, and they understand the difference between recognition of good behavior and rewards for excellence.

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Posted on December 8 at 11:43 p.m.

"Dimwitted bigot eh?"

Yes, very much so.

"Hmmmn. Rich's response did not address my conclusions at all"


"and if that is the best you can come up with, then I just rest my case."

Good -- then you can shut up.

The opposition to gay marriage is and will remain EVIL, and none of the arguments given here by supporters of Prop 8 changes that. What will change is that, as with sexism and racism, the newer generations reject this evil; over 60% of those under 25 voted against Prop 8, and the bigotry against gays will eventually fade away.

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Posted on December 6 at 10:14 a.m.

words and music by Woody Guthrie

This land is your land, this land is my land
From California, to the New York Island
From the redwood forest, to the gulf stream waters
This land was made for you and me

As I was walking a ribbon of highway
I saw above me an endless skyway
I saw below me a golden valley
This land was made for you and me


I've roamed and rambled and I've followed my footsteps
To the sparkling sands of her diamond deserts
And all around me a voice was sounding
This land was made for you and me


The sun comes shining as I was strolling
The wheat fields waving and the dust clouds rolling
The fog was lifting a voice come chanting
This land was made for you and me


As I was walkin' - I saw a sign there
And that sign said - no tress passin'
But on the other side .... it didn't say nothin!
Now that side was made for you and me!


In the squares of the city - In the shadow of the steeple
Near the relief office - I see my people
And some are grumblin' and some are wonderin'
If this land's still made for you and me.

Chorus (2x)

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Posted on December 5 at 12:56 a.m.

"A guy at the coffee shop who hasn't voted for a Democrat since about 1964 is calling this the Obama Recession, even though it officially began a year ago."

Is there a single Republican in this country who isn't a flaming a**hole?

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Posted on December 5 at 12:51 a.m.

<i>The two women, who were still in their teens at the time, now each hold respectable jobs and are mothers, but that "this caused a lot of chaos in their lives," she said.</i>

That is not a sentence. And it's horrid biased reporting, juxtaposing facts with the opinion of Dudley in order to try to make the latter seem factual. That word "but" gives it away -- it's in the reporter's voice yet supports Dudley's claim. But neither Dudley nor Meagher are legitimate authorities on these women's lives. A real reporter would find out, and tell us, what they have to say rather than mouthing the words of an extremely biased DA with a large vested interest.

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